The Mechanic is the Message, a critically acclaimed analog game series by Brenda Romero, captures and expresses difficult experiences through the medium of a game. Much like photographs, paintings, literature and music are capable of transmitting the full range of the human experience from one human to another, so too can games. Due to their interactivity, the installation suggests that games are capable of a higher form of communication, one which actively engages the participant and makes them a part of the experience rather than a passive observer.
The Mechanic is the Message is composed of six separate non-digital games that experiment with the traditional notion of the word “game”.
The Mechanic is the Message
- The New World, 2008
- Síochán Leat (aka “The Irish Game”), 2009
- Train, 2009
- One Falls for Each of Us – in prototype
- Mexican Kitchen Workers – in prototype
- Cité Soleil – in concepting
- Black Box – in progress
- PreConception (pregame notgame)
Unlike traditional games, these works are one-of-a-kind installations. They have appeared at many conferences, galleries and museums. For additional information, please contact Brenda.